Nurses in Quito – Día dos

Students served in pairs today in ICU (UCI), emergency/triage, and on the medical floor. We started the day with an orientation on meticulous handwashing, patient safety, the mission/vision, and general policies of the hospital. Everyone was welcoming! It was a little over a mile walk down the hill to the hospital from our apartment.

There are scripture references on the walls and elevator throughout the hospital, reminding us to love those we serve.

At Little Lunch we had amazing food! We then embarked across Quito for a tour of the Universidad De las Americas (UDLA) where they showed us an entire floor dedicated to state-of-the-art simulation.

Nursing, medical, and physical therapy students learn together in this environment. This ‘team’ training is noticeable with the strong collegiality on each hospital unit. A nursing degree in Ecuador is four years of classroom and simulation. They have a fifth year of full-time patient care at an assigned hospital somewhere in the country. UDLA also had veterinary medicine simulation rooms with robotic dogs!

We then stopped for coffee, ice cream, and debrief of the day.

Before returning to our apartment about 730pm, we perused the grocery store “super maxi“ for coffee and chocolate. We ate dinner at the mall watching the soccer game.

The students all demonstrated great courage and joy today as they served. We are so proud of them! 💜

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